A country of pristine nature and magnificent National parks is a perfect destination for all true adventurers and explorers.
United Republic of Tanzania (Tanganyika and Zanzibar) is an easternafrican country, which extends over 945 thousand square kilometers. It is surrounded with Kenya and Uganda in the north, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo in the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozabique in the south, while in the east it has an exit to the Indian Ocean.
On its territory we can find the highest peak in African, as well as the largest freshwater lake, so there is no doubt when calling her the land of superlatives. Despite the natural and mineral riches, Tanzania is a very poor country, where most of the 35 million people work in agriculture.
It is a land of exceptional diversity where hundreds of african ethnic groups, cultures, and religions are mixed.
Dodoma, the capitol, but not the largest city of Tanzania located itself in the central part of the country. Although here we can find the center of the government since 1996, many other government institutions are still in Der es Selaam – the former capitol city. It is no surprise then that many travelers choose this seaport on the Indian Ocean as the starting point of their tourist explorations.
Tanzanian cuisine offers interesting blends of meat and fruit, so dont be surprised if you order mtori, and on your plate you get a beef and banana soup. Also, keep in mind that people here love sugar and they use it abundantly with their meals and in drinks.
Be sure to try the tanzanian brandy (konyagi) and juices from locally grown fruits, while only the bravest will try banana beer.
5 unforgettable tourist attractions in Tanzania:
Highest peak of Africa
Uhuru (5895 m) is the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, and also the highest peak of Africa. If you have no alpine preferences and no desire to conquer this tanzanian mountain in the northeast of the country, explore the Kilimanjaro National Park, which extends at at an altittude of 2700 meters.
Tanzania has some of the most beautiful sand beaches in the world, which makes it an excellent tourist destination for sunbathing, swimming, and scubadiving. You can engage in sea activities on its whole coastline along the Indian Ocean, especially on the island of Zanibar.
Explore the fascinating flora and fauna of tanzania wilderness. The best starting point is National park Serengeti in the north of the country, that extends over 13 thousand square kilometers. At your disposal you also have National parks Ruaha, Tarangire, Arusha, and Mikumi, which is known by pygmy african elephants.
Visit the Ngorongore conservation area in the northwest of Tanzania and look around the crater that was created by the destruction of Ol Doinyo Lengal volcano. Historically, some scientists believe that this area is the craddle of humanity.
Art of the Stone age
Above all, Tanzania is proud of its two archeological sites – Isimila and Kolo – representatives of 30 thousand year old stone art.
Official language: swahili, english, arab
Religion: Christianity (45%), Islam (37%), and other local religions
Currency: tanzanian schilling (TZS)
How to travel: via airplane – there are two international airports in the country: Julius Nyerere International airport in Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro.
Diseases and prevention: Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory. You can get vaccinated with dr. Andrija Stampar in Zagreb. There is a high risk from malaria, stomach tifus, and diarrhea infection
When to travel: January-February, and June till August are the most pleasant times to travel
Accomodation: Hotel Dodoma Rock in the capitol city, Hotel Ras Kutani in Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro Mountain Rest in the heart of the National park.
Restaurants: Leone L’Africano in Dodoma serves excellent italian cuisine, while restoran Addis in Dar offers traditional african flavors.
Watch over your documents and money at all times because the crime rate is extremely high in this country. This is also one of the most corrupt countries in the world so dont be surprised if an officer asks for bribe. Drink only bottled water. Eat in hotel and tested restaurants. If you are a woman respect the tradition and dress accordingly. If you were to drive a car in Tanzania be very careful because the roads are in extremely bad condition.